It would be hard to imagine what it's like to have soft specks of ice fall on top of you from the sky. Seeing snow in movies and on television, it's always portrayed as beautiful and appearing only around Christmas. But people who live in areas where it snows know that it can be pretty, and also a nuisance.
Redditor u/ambermage asked, "People who have experienced snow; what is it like?" and received both poetic and blunt descriptions of what it's really like to deal with snow.
10. Beautiful and terrifying
When everything is blanketed and not touched, it's beautiful and everything is absolutely silent (at least where I live). But it is terrifying to drive on poorly plowed roads. Once it starts melting and there is some snow piles here and there it looks ugly, especially when it turns grey/black from all the cars.
9. Fun... at first
"Fun for the first few days then you really would just like feeling back in your fingers and toes."
8. People forget how to drive
"Beautiful to look at when its untouched. But a nightmare to drive or walk in.
For everyone who's saying that driving in the snow is fun, you're right. Personally I find alot of other people dont know how to drive in the snow, so I avoid going out if I dont have too."
7. Avoid yellow snowGiphy
"Looks pretty the first day. Then turns brownish and it's gross to see where the dogs have peed. Not to mention if it gets any warmer it turns into ice"
6. How you feel about snow depends on your age
"As a child it's fun because you can throw snowballs, build snowmen, make snow-angels, and go sledding.
As an adult it sucks cause you have to shovel, drive in it, and after a long winter it's just brown/gray and gross looking. And your car gets full of dirt and salt."
Heavier than you would think. Shoveling a driveway with a foot of snow feels like shoveling a foot of dirt off your driveway
4. Snow games and glasses don't mix
"When it snows you don't feel wet. You feel wet some minutes later.
When it snows a lot, sounds are filtered and everything looks more silent.
Snowball fights scare me because I wear glasses and it can be dangerous."
3. Lazy rain
"Snow is like lazy rain. If you don't mind the rain and know how to be prepared, you won't mind snow. I personally love the snow. I think cold weather is worthless without snow around."
2. I love this feeling
"It nice when you are outside in a snow storm and it feels like you are the only person on the planet."
1. It sounds how glitter looks...Giphy
"There's different kinds of snow. There's the sticky snow you can make snowmen and snowballs out of. When sticky snow falls and then the temperature drops really low it gets really hard and you can't do much with it.
Then there's the powdery snow that blows around in the wind and is good for skiing and and snowboarding and sledding. It feels like you're walking on the moon when it's freshly fallen. Sometimes in the morning if you listen closely you can hear it blowing around and it sounds how glitter looks.
A hard layer forms over powdery snow when the sun shines and melts the top layer and then it hardens over night. It's fun to walk on because it makes a crunchy sounds but it's still soft on the bottom...
Depending on how much powdery snow is underneath you can put your whole legs under.
Then there's slush. It usually happens on roads and parking lots and its like someone took a freezee/icee/slushee and dumped it everywhere. It forms puddles and is hard to drive in but fun to jump in with rain boots in the spring.
Sometimes in the middle of winter it will get above freezing and slush will form but then freeze during the night If it doesn't get plowed off the road before it freezes then ridges where tires were will freeze and that's also hard to drive on."
One of the best parts of the holidays is seeing the joy on people's faces when they open the gift you gave them.
It feels especially good when they appreciate a gift that you thought out and put effort in. Some spend months, if not the whole year, studying and paying attention to their loved ones to ensure that they'll get them the perfect present for the holidays
The only down side of getting someone the perfect gift is having to wait for them to open it. Redditor u/mbowsy gave people the chance to blab about the gift they're most excited to give when they asked, "What awesome holiday gift did you get someone that you can't tell them about yet but want to brag about?"
20. They're going to flush this gift down the toilet, in the best way
"The gift is less awesome than the delivery. My housemate hates a dirty toilet bowl, but we're both loath to maintain it, and I saw an ad for the FluidMaster Flush'n'Sparkle that allegedly works better than the tank tabs.
I am just looking forward to being able to say 'Merry Christmas, there's a present from me in the toilet'."
19. I love the mystery that comes with this gift
"I wrapped a couple pieces of legos with instructions and a special note for everyday I'm gone this holiday break. My boyfriend gets to opens them and in the end he'll have a lego space station (he's a NASA/SpaceX geek). He is texting me once a day guessing what it is."
18. What a beautiful way to remember a loved one
"My uncle died a few years ago (multiple tumors he survived over the years) This year while visiting my aunt she gave me his old paint and everything he used, so I could use them (she doesn't paint). I made an acrylic painting for my aunt to gift her as a small remembrance of my uncle, who loved to paint, before he couldn't anymore"
17. My family received one of these, it's lovely
"My favorite old manager had a dog that got him through some really rough times. When the dog passed it was really rough for him and he still tears up talking about her. I got him one of the stuffed look a-likes that is created my hand using pictures that I provided. I'm so excited to give him a piece of her to live with forever."
16. I think he'll be thrilledGiphy
"A long time ago my friend made up a melody on the piano and I wrote it into an actual song with sheet music. He'll either be thrilled or super offended, but I'm proud of it either way."
15. Charity is the best part of the holidays
"A switch lite for a first nations family I've never met.
I caught word that this 14 year old boy had his birthday was in November and he hasn't gotten a present in 2 years... well this Christmas hes getting a switch lite and 4 games."
14. This best friend won't be disappointed
"My best friend has been going through some personal things. She has tried to see Def Leopard as long as I can remember and never has managed it. I bought us tickets to go see them ( we attend a lot of concerts together). She was really upset when their tickets went on sale that she wouldn't be able to go."
13. I guess this gift receiver really loves them
"Custom Van shoes with my face on the front of them.
She's gonna freak."
12. A gift to make more gifts
"Last year for Christmas I wanted a sewing machine so I could learn how to quilt. My mom and two brothers got me a beautiful sewing machine together. This year they are all getting quilts done on the same machine they bought me."
11. Gift cards for tattoo parlors are one of my favorite gifts to get
"I got my BFF a gift certificate to get a tattoo! She's expressed wanting one fairly often in the past but has never actually gotten around to getting one, so I'm excited to give her the opportunity to finally get a tattoo!"
10. The most thoughtful stockings ever
"My fiancé's grandma makes these really labor intensive stockings whenever someone enters the family (birth/marriage), and she just finished mine after a year of working on it. No one in the nearly 40 years that she has been making these has ever made her one, so she's the only one in the family who doesn't have one. She has no clue that while she's been making mine, I've been making one for her for Christmas this year!"
9. Combining naughty cats and puzzles is perfect
"My nan loves doing jigsaw puzzles and my nan's cat loves ruining said puzzles by pulling them off the table and generally being a nuisance. I took a picture of her cat laying on a puzzle she was doing a little while ago and had a puzzle made of that picture!"
8. This beautiful surprise brought tears to my eyes
"I have a baby grand piano being delivered on the 23rd for my wife. She has wanted one since we have been married (7 years) and I have said 'someday' for a while. She has been taking lessons again (since childhood) for 1.5 years and is getting good.
I 'hid' funds for a couple months to pay for it and had to take a day off work to go look at one 100 miles away.
Also, she is picking up her Mom and brother from the airport the day of delivery so it'll be in our living room as a surprise when she gets back. She's going to a party tonight so I'm going to wrap some decoy presents and place them under the tree.
She's 7 months pregnant with our first child so I wanted to blow it out this year."
7. I think their grandpa will adore this
"My grandpa has dementia. Prior to that time, he was really into geneaology (it's something his own father was into as well). I got him a family tree sculpture that has small photo frames, and I've gone through old family photos and had the best ones professionally printed, and I've put them into this sculpture. It goes as far back as to the first photos that his father took with their first camera. So not only are there photos of the whole family, but you get to see how technology has improved over time too. He may not remember what he said five minutes ago, but he loves to talk about the past and I really hope he loves this gift."
6. A best gift for the biggest fan of "The Office"Giphy
"My brother loves the office but is upset that its leaving hulu. So I got the complete series for him and got it signed by Steve Carrell"
5. Their love was written in the stars
"I bought my parents a star chart of the night they were married. They were 17 and told they could never make it and over 35 years later they still love each other so much and I wanted to commemorate that day for them"
4. I'm so excited for this lucky mom
"My moms coming from the west coast to visit me in Vermont for the first time. What she doesn't know is that I'm meeting her at the airport and we're going to Ireland, which is her bucket list destination."
3. This will be no ordinary book
"My dad is obsessed with Stephen King, and every year I buy him a book but this year he basically has all of them. So I sat down and wrote him a horror novel myself (I'm a writer) but he has no idea and I sent it off and got it printed with a hard cover and everything. I'm so excited"
2. Technology is amazing
"My father was in WWII Bomber Command, flying in a Lancaster. He was a rear gunner.
We have a photo of our father with his squadron on the tarmac (I assume at Fiskerton) under one of those mighty machines. The photo is terrible: dark, hardly able to make out any of the figures, let alone our father. Its value was in the nose art, which you can see - not clearly but you can make it out.
I took the photo to a restorer who has absolutely make this come alive. You can see all those young faces, gestures, uniforms, for the first time.
I've had copies printed and framed and giving one each to my brother and sister (Dad unfortunately passed in 2014). I think my siblings are going to be pretty amazed to see his squadron for the first time."
1. This is an incredibly generous and life changing gift
"Lately, I have been planning to pay for my neighbor's son's college tuition. To put in words, they aren't financially well. The boy had been studying on scholarships and loans. The boy is a good kid but missed his scholarship due to some health issues, so he had to drop this year. I would be breaking this to him this Christmas. Can't wait to see his face. :)"
What gift are you most excited to give this year?
Winter is upon us and it's being reported that it could be the coldest, most frigid season on record. So bundle up kiddies, we've got aways to go before the sun returns. Now for those of us who can't snowbird to the south for a reprieve, we have to devise a survival plan before we turn to ice.
Put the window insulation kits on. You lose up to 55% of your homes heat through windows.
This will drastically help your electric bill and minimize the draft.
My wife is working on it today actually, and I will finish when I get home. Lost_Gypsy_
Drink more water!
In the summer, you don't need to be reminded to drink water and hydrate.
But in the winter? You're wearing layers to wick sweat away from your body, the humidity in the air gets really low, and you're not feeling hot, so you don't always remember to drink enough water.
Drink more water; kidney stones are no fun! RodeoBob
Keep a prepared kit in the back of your vehicle. Hell, keep it in it at all times. All are useful for every season, but when you add winter to the equation things get deadly. Should include this as a bare minimum:
-Light amount of dry food with some water
-First Aid kit
-Single use Handwarmers
-Spare Clothes NAbberman
The air in winter is really really dry. both inside and outside. just because there's snow doesn't mean it's humid. also with heaters running now the air inside is dry too. this is why people get chapped lips and stuff in the winter. drink lots of water, always have chapstick. Dawashingtonian
think like a penguin.....Giphy
When walking on icy surfaces, think like a penguin. There is a reason penguins walk how they do; it keeps them stable on the slippery surfaces they are accustomed to walking on.
Take short steps. Keep your arms out to your sides for balance. And it is counter-intuitive, but lean slightly forward while you are walking. This will help you keep a good center of balance and reduce the likelihood of slipping and falling. GeraldFord210
Get the "D!"
Make the best use of sunshine when it comes. Go for a walk if possible. new-monkey
And if you're somewhere where it gets dark at 4 PM a full month before the winter solstice (forget you, Canadian winters) take vitamin D supplements. _ser_kay_
Thanks for the reminder on this. The sun set for me at 4.41pm today. Getting vitamin D tomorrow. CursingUnicorn
When you're really cold and shivering a bit, you'll find your shoulders are tensed up and elevated. Relax your shoulders and bring them down to your sides. It's weird, but it makes you stop shivering and feel much warmer. moderate_extremist
Whenever i do this it makes my whole body feel like death. kmancooke
Rise & Shine....
Get a "sunrise" alarm clock, AKA an alarm with a light that gradually brightens before the alarm goes off - it makes it a little easier to get up in the pitch darkness of winter without wanting to throw up. _frisco
I have something like this, except its a vintage bomb shelter light that is brighter than the sun itself and I have it hooked up on a timer. I wake up at 4:40am M-F all year, so it's kind of necessary. good_morning_magpie
Drinking alcohol does not warm you up. You actually lose heat a lot faster with booze in your system. HiddenLayer5
So it's a really bad idea to drink in a survival situation, but nice if you're just on a walk or something. ApathyToTheMax
Give yourself time to stop. crossroader1
On a similar note, 4 wheel and all wheel drive are great for gaining traction to move but do absolutely nothing for stopping. Don't get a false sense of security and drive like a fool. QualitySeycoTimepiec
Colorado Just Had A Snow Storm After An Eighty-Degree Day And People Don't Know What Season It Is Anymore
Climate change is totes a hoax, right?
According to some people, it has always been a hoax.
But recent evidence continues to point toward a conclusion that the global climate is changing at an even faster rate than before.
Evidence for climate change is staggering. From consistent polar vortexes every winter to a piece of the Antarctic ice shelf the size of Manhattan having melted already, the signs are unmistakable and everywhere.
"@AOC is right. The environmental impacts of climate change and disaster-level events related to it are displacing… https://t.co/jPPuFLozbc— Justice Democrats (@Justice Democrats)1555081821.0
Climate change is having a major impact on global health https://t.co/PeZzuptKhA https://t.co/vw89qkRYtx— Scientific American (@Scientific American)1555174812.0
Former @UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, “I am sorry to have to repeat the same message over and over again that w… https://t.co/6gSIl3irbD— UN Climate Change (@UN Climate Change)1555160401.0
"We are in terrible, terrible trouble." Environmentalist Sir David Attenborough told @Lagarde time is running out… https://t.co/Ara8pn3Fak— TicToc by Bloomberg (@TicToc by Bloomberg)1555154409.0
Alarming stats on the state of our #Ocean . 5 awful facts about oceans... #FFF #1o5C #XR #GlobalWarming… https://t.co/nTVF1KoV4u— John Stone (@John Stone)1555141242.0
In the most recent example of "climate change is absolutely real you clods," Colorado faced back to back days from completely conflicting seasons.
First came the warm day.
75 degrees today. Winter storm warning tomorrow. Another beautiful day teaching intro geology students about rock… https://t.co/9GKC7j4QKm— Brigitta Rongstad (@Brigitta Rongstad)1554845653.0
When Colorado gives us the gift of a warm early spring day you take learning outside! #PSDProud https://t.co/GGkxgSvfbX— Natalia Ferreira (@Natalia Ferreira)1554498090.0
Colorado you’re teasing us tonight with your warm temperatures and beautiful skies. #9wx #cowx https://t.co/fyCSbVUMUK— lindak9news (@lindak9news)1554860178.0
But the promise of warmth was marred by a snow forecast.
Most people couldn't believe it:
#cowx the calm before the storm...what a great end to a very warm day in the Mile High city...we officially reached… https://t.co/tJ6b8yy3uL— Dave Fraser (@Dave Fraser)1554862515.0
Remember this past weekend when it was sunny and warm and we will all did Colorado adventure things like hiking? 😎… https://t.co/GYbdZWzFRG— Merry (@Merry)1554905421.0
Preparing for another nasty Blizzard in Colorado. Oil field ops doing what they can before road conditions are not… https://t.co/aUHoSukOFR— The Beautiful & The Ugly (@The Beautiful & The Ugly)1554914754.0
Colorado a how for doing the switch up after it being warm the past few days but it’s also so pretty https://t.co/uTCisCjr27— yuhhh (@yuhhh)1554921091.0
It was nearly 80 degrees in Denver yesterday and yet today it looks like we’re headed for another #bombcyclone. Tha… https://t.co/xKFUB7355a— Lighthouse Writers Workshop (@Lighthouse Writers Workshop)1554922451.0
But come the snow did.
Michener Library will be closing at 2:30 PM due to inclement weather. There will be no Late Night Study tonight. St… https://t.co/0E1a2TgcW0— UNC Univ Libraries (@UNC Univ Libraries)1554924324.0
@madisonrushing_ Sounds nice, there's snow in the forecast for Colorado and IM SO DONE WITH THE COLD N SNOW I JUST… https://t.co/nJbdWv9pX7— Morgan (@Morgan)1554926624.0
@pulpmx @JasonWeigandt @Jason66Thomas @KKeefer120 Welcome to Spring in Colorado. Pulp Live will be the cozy warm,… https://t.co/QMf001Gj4I— Mark Wright (@Mark Wright)1554935604.0
Thanks for the warm welcome Colorado. #GameofThrones https://t.co/uAKHimOFzI— Drake White (@Drake White)1554992079.0
Over one thousand flights were canceled because of the storm, which brought winds over 100 mph to the people affected.
And once any built up snow melts, the already flooded rivers, responsible for millions of dollars worth of loss and damages in the midwest this season, may flood even further.
Deadly blizzard pummels the midwest. @perezreports is live from St. Cloud, MN with the latest on the storm.… https://t.co/4WQBA8Bp5G— Good Morning America (@Good Morning America)1555068011.0
It’s the middle of spring, and yet parts of the Plains and upper Midwest are bracing for more than two feet of snow… https://t.co/j8DoUSn8Cx— CBS Evening News (@CBS Evening News)1554935878.0
So much for spring: Winter Storm #Wesley has put 1.2 million people across the Midwest and Plains under a blizzard… https://t.co/OrfMJXQmBk— Pattern (@Pattern)1555002960.0
A second “bomb cyclone” hit the Midwest, unleashing dangerous blizzards. https://t.co/JOojPbxdZN— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPost Politics)1555107300.0
A second “bomb cyclone” hit the Midwest, unleashing dangerous blizzards. https://t.co/FYrbSZJ76g— HuffPost (@HuffPost)1555107300.0
Should climate change be allowed to progress, it will continue to bring on catastrophic disasters like this.
Those of us who live in areas where it snows in the wintertime know the drill: Snow is annoying as hell, but it's a fact of life. Get out the shovel, make sure your car has some good snow tires, and go about your business. Those of you who live in areas where society outright stops the second a snowflake hits the ground: What's the matter with you? Get some salt on those roads and sit down!
Redditor Timwayward asked the online community, "Reddit people who have dealt with plenty of snow, what is some advice for "snow noobs?" so you wouldn't have to. Now pay attention.